How To Choose Pots For Indoor Plants

4 Tips for Choosing Indoor Plant Pots

How to Choose Pots For Indoor Plants-potted-plants
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Growing and caring for indoor plants is a great way to connect with nature in our indoor living space, growing indoor plants has so many benefits contributing to the aesthetics and creating a healthy environment by purifying or cleaning the air we breathe. Although the natural habitat for plants is outdoors we can climatize or groom many of them to thrive on the inside.

But to accomplish this requires many components such as the proper placements or right location, the right soil type, and the proper watering and fertilizing methods, but what’s equally important is choosing the right planters, containers, or pots that will contribute to the health of plants. We will be discussing what to look for when seeking to purchase the ideal pots for your indoor plants to ensure your plants are growing healthy at all times.

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1. Choosing the Right Size Pots

Size really does matters, although indoor plants grow at a slower rate than plants that are grown outdoors a key point to keep in mind when purchasing plant pots is choosing the right size. Now the right size depends on two factors the size of the plant (especially the root ball) and the area where the plant is to be installed. For example, if the area that’s chosen is narrow you would want to use a pot that’s narrow but you will also want to choose an indoor plant that grows narrow and erected.

If you’re installing a pot in a larger area then naturally the pot should be larger, the key is that the pot should fit comfortably in the area, now when comes to the plant, the plant that’s chosen should complement the pot and vis verse. The pot should be a few inches to a foot wider so the plant can sit comfortably, a plant that’s forced into a pot that’s too small will have all sorts of issues that will cause the decline of that beautiful plant. It’s very important to keep this in mind.

2. Choose Pots that have Drain Holes

Ensure that the pot contains drain holes, more indoor potted plants died because of overwatering, the key when it comes to plant watering is to know first of all how much water that plant species requires and the number of times within a week or month that plant needs water. Once you have this knowledge at hand and apply it half of the battle is already won.

Once that amount of water is applied the excess will drain from the drain holes, if a pot doesn’t have drain holes what’s going to happen is that excess water that’s left will encourage root rot because of fungus. Ensure that the pot also has a saucer to catch the water that drains for you to discard. A pot that has drain holes is so important to growing healthy plants.

3. Plant Pot Style

The pot’s style is that additional flavor that adds to the aesthetics so the choice is up to you, there are so many styles from which to choose that are made of different materials, colors, and designs. The price of these pots will also depend on these factors.

4. Plant Pot Type

Some Pots are made from ceramics, fiberglass, plastic, and clay, the most common pot that’s used for house plants are ceramics.

Common Garden Insect Pests

  • Mealybugs
  • Whiteflies
  • Scales
  • Aphids
  • Fungus gnats
  • Trips
  • Spider mites

Additional information-Bouns Points

  • Ensure to keep a feather duster on hand because indoor plants seem to gather dust fast
  • A hand pruner and scissors are also a must to trim dead leaves, overgrown branches, or diseased plant parts
  • A clean cloth can  help to keep the leaves clean by dusting or dipping the cloth in a solution of joy and water followed by wiping the leaves
  • Leaf shine is not a must but can keep your plant’s  leaves shiny
  • A weak solution of joy and water sprayed on plants can help to reduce the populations of indoor pests, in more extreme conditions insecticidal soap, neem oil, horticultural oil, and systemic insecticides can be used besides other insecticides that are sold under different brands’ names are available as well. Before applying insecticides read and follow the  manufacturer’s directions for the best results
  • The ideal fertilizer for indoor plants is a slow-release such as osmocote, a weak or diluted water-soluble fertilizer can work as well. Before applying fertilizers read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best results
  • A soil moisture meter or a soil probe can be used to check the soil’s moisture level
  • A water jug or watering can keep plants well watered
  • A hand trowel or shovel to change plants as the need arises

The Final word on how to choose pots for indoor plants

Deciding to grow plants indoors is a great way to spruce up your indoor living space while connecting with nature and cleaning the air that you breathe. There is just something with indoor plants that changes your indoor environment. I hope this guide clarified and made it easier for you to choose the ideal pots for your plants. We have done the homework for you and it’s your turn to make that choice with these beautiful pots.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

4 thoughts on “How To Choose Pots For Indoor Plants”

  1. .Excellent website for Plant lovers, with good information, and how to keep plants inside. I don’t have plants inside, but I’ve successfully planted trees outside. Plants have beauty to decorate any home and are pleasant to the eyes and an invisible presence bringing you awareness of all their Glory. A Great timepiece of information on how to keep plants inside and care for them. For all people that like plants and want information that would last a lifetime of happiness.

  2. Glad you mentioned making sure there’s a drainage hole in the pot! I learned this the hard way when I had some plants that struggled due to standing water that wasn’t draining out. Also, I hadn’t made the connection that plants grow slower indoors than out. Good to know! Thanks for the informative article.


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